Dr. Kai QUEK 郭全鎧
(on leave 1/1 - 30/06/2021)
Associate Professor of Politics: Ph.D., MIT; B.A., Cornell University.
I study strategic interactions in international relations (IR), with a focus on the IR of China and America.
I am especially interested in (1) state-to-state signaling, (2) the dynamics of deescalation, and (3) the cognitive and cultural origins of polar political beliefs (such as nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism, individualism vs. communitarianism).
- HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award
- MIT Presidential Fellowship
- Cornell Presidential Research Scholarship
- "Four Costly Signaling Mechanisms." American Political Science Review (2021): Link
- "Guns and Butter in China: How Chinese Citizens Respond to Military Spending" (with Xiao Han and Michael Sadler). China Quarterly (2020): Link
— Featured in The Washington Post
- "Violence Exposure and Support for State Use of Force in a Non-Democracy" (with Yue Hou). Journal of Experimental Political Science (2019): Link
— Best JEPS Article Award, American Political Science Association
- "Authoritarian Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace" (with Mark Bell). International Organization (2018): Link
- "Can China Back Down? Crisis Deescalation in the Shadow of Popular Opposition" (with Alastair Iain Johnston). International Security (2018): Link
— Featured in The Economist
— Reprinted in Essential Readings in World Politics (WW Norton, 7th Edition)
- "Type II Audience Costs." The Journal of Politics (2017): Link
- "Are Costly Signals More Credible? Evidence of Sender-Receiver Gaps." The Journal of Politics (2016): Link
- "Nuclear Proliferation and the Use of Nuclear Options: Experimental Tests." Political Research Quarterly (2016): Link
- "Rationalist Experiments on War." Political Science Research and Methods (2015): Link
- "Closeness Counts: Increasing Precision and Reducing Errors in Mass Election Predictions" (with Michael Sances). Political Analysis (2015): Link
— Adopted by the American National Election Study (ANES) 2016
- "Discontinuities in Signaling Behavior Upon the Decision for War: An Analysis of China’s Prewar Signaling Behavior." International Relations of the Asia Pacific (2015): Link
- "The Existence of Four Costly Signaling Mechanisms." Paper for the Pacific International Politics Conference (2018)
- “International Credibility Cost: An Experimental Investigation” (with Xiao Han and Michael Sadler). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2018).
- "Heterogeneous Chinese Nationalism" (with Erin Baggott and Alastair Iain Johnston). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2017).
- "Security Dilemma Thinking: Evidence from a Cross-National Experiment in China and the United States" (with Ryan Brutger and Joshua Kertzer). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2017).
- "Crisis Management in the Shadow of Audience Costs" (with Alastair Iain Johnston). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2016).
- "Understanding Chinese International Kindness: A National Experiment" (with Zenobia Chan). Paper for the International Studies Association Annual Conference (2016).
- "Rally Around the Red Flag: Terror Shocks and Nationalism in China" (with Yue Hou). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2015).
- "Realism, Idealism, and American Public Opinion on Nuclear Disarmament" (with Mark Bell). Paper for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2015).
- "Rationalist Causes of War: Mechanisms, Experiments, and East Asian Wars." Thesis (2013). (Committee: Kenneth Oye, James M. Snyder, Stephen Van Evera)